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03/11/2012

Raptors take another loss, this time to the Bucks

Rick Madonik, Staff Photographer - @RMadonik

This time, it looked like the Raptors would throw one into the win column. At least through the 1st half, it looked that way, but in the end, they would fall to the Milwaukee Bucks by a score of 105-99.

Its been a tough schedule for NBA teams this year. The season was shortened by two months following the contract dispute but once play did begin, its meant jamming a significant number of games in the shortened time frame. Last weekend the Raptors played 4 of 6 nights (3 at home over 4 days). Last night they played in New York, where Jose Calderon suffered an ankle injury on the same night Andrea Bargnani came back to the lineup after his ongoing calve injury.

As the season heads toward the end, it appears the Raptors will again end with a less than pleasing record and well out of the playoff race. Well, there's always the draft, right?

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Andrea Bargnani and Drew Gooden's arms battle for the tip at the start of 1st half play during NBA action between Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday, March 11, 2012, at Air Canada Centre.


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Raptors centre Andrea Bargnani fails to finish the dunk with Ersan Ilyasova close by during 1st half play.

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Raptors centre Andrea Bargnani works to keep his low post position against Ersan Ilyasova.

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Raptors Amir Johnson scrambles for the loose ball as Ersan Ilyasova tries to wrestle it away in 2nd half action.

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Raptors DeMar DeRozan draws a foul after Bucks Mike Dunleavy makes him change direction in 2nd half play.

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Raptors DeMar DeRozan can't come up with the ball, on the offensive end, after his shot failed in 2nd half action.

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Raptors DeMar DeRozan gets away with an over-the-back call, on the offensive end.

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Raptors Head Coach Dwane Casey watches as Jerryd Bayless brings the ball up court.

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Raptor DeMar DeRozan returns to court through the crowd after chasing down a ball in 1st half play.

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Drew Gooden drives the baseline while Ed Davis covers.

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Bucks Larry Sanders blocks Gary Forbes lay up attempt.

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 Raptors Andrea Bargnani and Jerryd Bayless return to the court late in 2nd half.

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